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Pregnancy Related Pelvic Girdle Pain

is a collection of uncomfortable symptoms caused by a stiffness of your pelvic joints or the joints moving unevenly at either the back or front of your pelvis.

If you consider that pregnancy is about accommodating a growing foetus and preparing for labour, it makes sense the pelvis can be affected! About 20% of pregnant women suffer with pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain, compared to 80% for low back pain.

Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain tends to be more bothersome then most pregnancy related pains, as it limits functional tasks such as walking, sitting, standing and rolling in bed.

There are two main types of pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain:

  1. Sacro-illiac joint (SIJ): SIJ pain often feels like intermittent sharp, stabbing pain on weight bearing, ie standing up, or rolling in bed.
  2. Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction (SPD): SPD feels like an intense sharp, stabbing pain at the front of the pelvis. It can significantly impact a patient’s ability to move and function.

Both of these conditions can be successfully managed with pelvic physiotherapy. It is important to have a thorough assessment to determine what is contributing to your pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain. We then use a combination of manual therapy, education, support belts (where required) and exercise therapy to best manage your pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain.

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